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Smart Cities Standards

Australia features three key drivers to have a world-class built environment and social services capability: urbanisation, population growth and competitiveness. But, as the economy transitions from traditional land and craft-based activities into a full, knowledge-based system, the demands upon the cities and built environment grow relentlessly.

To respond to these changes and to take advantage of tomorrow’s economic opportunities Australia needs to rethink the way the built environment is planned, constructed and managed. Adopting a new, ‘smart’ approach is a solution. An approach which harnesses information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance liveability, workability and sustainability. 

Even though this new approach and possibilities it opens-up are obvious, challenges arise. Indeed, efforts to scale and replicate success can be difficult in markets that are often defined by heightened risk management, entrenched mindsets, silo-ed governments, cost-cutting, challenging procurement processes, skills shortages, and complex supply chains. In order to overcome these challenges, the implementation of Smart Cities Council (SCC) rules and frameworks could be a solution. Standards can play an important role in helping establish those rules and frameworks, with the “standardisation” of processes being a key enabler to achieve critical mass in any market. 

Governments play a critical role in planning, designing and operating the built environment. In order for the smart approach to be a success, numerous entry points and drivers exist and have to be used for an authority looking to embark on the transition to become a smart city. This may include seeking more connected places, for instance, through major regeneration projects, housing developments or infrastructure programs. It may be strategic policy or economic development decision that potentially drives digital transformation.

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